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innuendo

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noun in·nu·en·do \ˌin-yə-ˈwen-(ˌ)dō, -yü-ˈen-\

Simple Definition of innuendo

  • : a statement which indirectly suggests that someone has done something immoral, improper, etc.

Full Definition of innuendo

plural in·nu·en·dos or in·nu·en·does

  1. 1 a :  an oblique allusion :  hint, insinuation; especially :  a veiled or equivocal reflection on character or reputation b :  the use of such allusions <resorting to innuendo>

  2. 2 :  a parenthetical explanation introduced into the text of a legal document

Examples of innuendo

  1. His reputation has been damaged by innuendos about his drinking and gambling.

  2. His reputation has been damaged by innuendo.

  3. The movie relies on sexual innuendo for its humor.



Origin of innuendo

Latin, by nodding, from innuere to nod to, make a sign to, from in- + nuere to nod; akin to Latin nutare to nod — more at numen


First Known Use: 1678

Rhymes with innuendo



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